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Details On The AMD Linux Graphics Driver Ported To Windows

Earlier this month I wrote about the AMD porting their open-source Linux graphics driver to Windows EC7. Here's a few details that were learned in the past two weeks.
23 October 2011 - Information - 10 Comments

Classic Radeon Drivers Are On Their Deathbed

The classic Mesa Radeon (R300/R600) drivers that provide open-source OpenGL support on Linux instead of the Gallium3D alternatives are likely to be dropped in the coming days.
20 October 2011 - Finally - 18 Comments

R300 Graphics Improvements For KDE's KWin

If you're using any R300/400/500 GPU with the Gallium3D R300 driver, there's some improvements coming up for you in the KDE KWin compositing window manager.
16 October 2011 - ATI R300 - 12 Comments

More AMD FX-4100, FX-8150 Bulldozer Linux Details

On Friday some benchmarks of the AMD FX-8150 Bulldozer on Linux were shared, thanks to an early adopter running some benchmarks under Gentoo and uploading them to OpenBenchmarking.org. But there's more to come.
16 October 2011 - Benchmarks - 29 Comments

R500 Texture Semaphores Merged To Master

The R500 texture semaphores work, the feature I wrote about and tested earlier this month, has been merged to master. This feature in the R300 Gallium3D open-source driver can provide some impressive performance improvements.
15 October 2011 - R500 Work - 5 Comments

First Linux Benchmarks Of AMD FX-8150 Bulldozer

Here's the first Linux benchmarks of AMD's FX-Series Bulldozer desktop CPUs that launched on Tuesday. Specifically, it's Gentoo Linux performance results for an AMD FX-8150 Bulldozer.
14 October 2011 - 8-Core AMD Goodness - 89 Comments

AMD Releases FX-Series Bulldozer Desktop CPUs

AMD has finally lifted the lid on their new FX-Series "Bulldozer" desktop CPUs, but how well do they work under Linux?
12 October 2011 - Linux Support? - 88 Comments

Shader Optimizations For The AMD R600g Driver

Vadim Girlin, an independent contributor to Mesa, has announced some shader optimization work he has done to the R600 Gallium3D driver for the Radeon HD 5000 "Evergreen" series.
7 October 2011 - New Work - 3 Comments

AMD Catalyst 11.9 Driver Is Now Available

There's a new AMD Linux driver blob available for those that haven't yet fetched it, but it's not particularly exciting, unless you're using GNOME3.
29 September 2011 - New Release - 4 Comments

It Will Be A While For Radeon Clover Support

It will be many, many weeks before AMD supports "Clover" for their Radeon GPUs on the open-source Linux DRM / Gallium3D stack. The support they're aiming for is the Radeon HD 5000 "Evergreen" series and newer, but this Clover state tracker to support OpenCL is still a ways out for those with ATI/AMD GPUs. A whiteboard drawing of the Radeon Clover TODO list was shown at XDC2011 Chicago by John Bridgman.
15 September 2011 - OpenCL - 1 Comment

Mesa Compiler Stacks, A Hard Dependency On LLVM

Tom Stellard, the former Google Summer of Code student who worked on R300 GLSL improvements and a new register allocator, is now working for AMD and his work is focused on bringing up open-source OpenCL / GPGPU support in the Radeon Linux driver.
14 September 2011 - Clover - 2 Comments

A Happy Four Years To An Open-Source ATI/AMD

It was four years ago, on the 6th of September 2007, that I exclusively broke the news on AMD's open-source strategy that would end up greatly changing the open-source Linux graphics driver landscape.
7 September 2011 - Four Years - 22 Comments

Running The Xorg State Tracker On R300 Gallium3D

Yesterday I mentioned that, thanks to new patches on the Mesa mailing list, it's now possible to use the R600 Gallium3D driver with the Xorg state tracker. This means that for all modern ATI/AMD Radeon GPUs (anything newer than the Radeon HD 2000 series), the Xorg state tracker can be used for EXA and X-Video/XvMC acceleration rather than relying upon any DDX driver. The xf86-video-ati driver can be tossed away, while the R300 Gallium3D driver (supporting up through the Radeon X1000 GPUs) has already supported this state tracker, but how well does it work?
24 August 2011 - R300g - 19 Comments

R600g Now Works With Xorg State Tracker

While the ATI/AMD R300 Gallium3D driver has long worked with the Xorg state tracker, for providing EXA and X-Video acceleration atop this next-generation Mesa driver architecture, the R600 Gallium3D driver that supports all modern Radeon GPUs now works with the Xorg state tracker too.
23 August 2011 - After R300g - 16 Comments

AMD Catalyst 11.8 Linux Driver Released

While LinuxCon 2011 just started in Vancouver, Canada, the AMD developers over in Toronto have released their monthly Catalyst Linux driver update. Catalyst 11.8 Linux driver is now available for those who want this binary blob for Radeon/FirePro graphics processors.
17 August 2011 - AMD Linux - 56 Comments

Update On Open-Source AMD Fusion Llano Support

Last month when testing the AMD Radeon HD 6550D graphics as found on the AMD Fusion A8-3850 APU I mentioned the latest Git code (Linux kernel / Mesa / DDX) was broken for this Llano-generation APU while the proprietary Catalyst driver had "just worked" under Linux. Here's an update where the open-source driver support is now at today.
13 August 2011 - Driver Broken - 7 Comments

AMD Puts Out An OpenGL 4.2 Linux Driver

While Mesa won't have OpenGL 4.2 support for some time, NVIDIA released an OpenGL 4.2 preview driver on Monday as soon as the Khronos Group had published the new specification. AMD yesterday has now released a beta Linux driver (of their Catalyst blob, nothing to do with open-source) that provides OpenGL 4.2 support.
11 August 2011 - Catalyst Blob - 72 Comments

Reworking The R600 Gallium3D Driver Winsys Back-End

Marek Olšák, one of the most prolific open-source graphics driver developers that isn't backed by any corporation, has made another major improvement to the open-source ATI/AMD "R600" Gallium3D driver. This student developer has reworked the Radeon winsys back-end, which can cause major performance improvements.
8 August 2011 - Nice Job - 6 Comments

AMD Catalyst 11.7 Driver For Linux Brings...

As has been pointed out in the forums, the AMD Catalyst 11.7 Linux driver for Radeon and FirePro graphics hardware has been released this morning. What new features does this proprietary driver bring?
27 July 2011 - New Features? - 54 Comments

R300 Gallium3D Is Now Separate From Classic Driver

Up to this point the ATI "R300g" driver that provides Gallium3D support for Radeon GPUs up through the Radeon X1000 (R500) series has depended upon files from the "R300c" classic Mesa DRI driver when being compiled. In particular, the R300c shader compiler and its nearly 20,000 lines of code. The R300c compiler has now been copied over directly to live separately within the R300g driver, which means the classic R300 driver can be left to fade off and die.
27 July 2011 - No Inter-Linking - 6 Comments

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